The Belgian Remco Evenepoel, 20, won alone on the climb to Picón Blanco, the first mountain test in the resumption of the cycling season, in the third stage of the Vuelta a Burgos.
Evenepoel, winner with a score of twenty seconds ahead of New Zealander George Bennett, took command of the overall test, which will end on Saturday. The Belgian phenomenon shone on the last climb, limited to 7.8 kilometers but with an average 9.3% slope.
Evenepoel, who went on the attack two kilometers from the top, increased the gap with other favorites. The Spanish Mikel Landa, third of the stage, was left thirty seconds behind him, while the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz about fifty, in this first of the two goals in height of this Tour of Burgos.
The Belgian, winner of the Clásica de San Sebastián last year in his first season in the professional peloton, masterfully answered questions about his level in the mountains. He thus confirmed that he may be one of the great protagonists of the next Giro, the first great round of his career.
“The last few kilometers were very difficult. There was a face wind but everyone had that face wind. I was going to the limit (of strength), but if you don’t try, you don’t win », explained the young Belgian at the end of the stage.
On Friday, the sprinters will have an opportunity in the fourth and penultimate stage, 163 kilometers, between Bodegas Nabal (Gumiel de Izán) and Roa de Duero.